The Maryland Pony Meets were started in 2003 with the meeting of three collectors from the My Little Pony Trading Post. They gathered for snacks and to share and discuss ponies, as well as watch shows and commercials from the 80's.
From that small meeting, a long legacy of ever-growing pony meets began.
With every passing year, more and more people traveled from different parts of the country to attend and be a part of these pony meets. Although it was mostly local collectors at first, they eventually came from as far away as Texas, California, Michigan, Florida, and along much of the Eastern shore of the US.
As of the 2012 Maryland Pony Meet, there were nearly 50 collectors from all over the Eastern US, as well as their guests. With nearly two hundred feet of tables worth of ponies and related items, the 2012 meet surpassed every Maryland meet prior, and rose in reputation to make the Maryland Pony Meets the largest and longest-running pony meet in the United States.
These meets would never have been possible without some very special, very important people. It is with the support of the hostess's friends and family, as well as many, many supporters in the My Little Pony collecting community, that the meets can continue and grow. And it is with this support and ongoing enthusiasm that the Maryland Pony Meets plan to continue well into the future.
Maryland Pony Meets 2003 - 2012 Click the mascot images below for pictures, videos, and memories from past Maryland Pony Meets
2012 was a great year for the MD Pony Meet! There were many new games and activities including Applejack's Apple Toss, the Sea Pony Quarter Drop, and a custom contest centered around candy. And all of the classics too, of course!
G4 has arrived! The 2011 MD Pony Meet celebrated and welcomed the newest generation of My Little Pony. A few games and contests, as well as this year's mascot, all featured the styles and characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. But as always, every generation was represented!
The 2010 pony meet featured a brand new outdoor facility, new games and contests, live auction, a mythology-themed custom contest, and the biggest attendance to date!
The 2009 pony meet featured a brand new scooter track for the riveting multi-heat race, coloring contest, live auction, carousel-themed custom contest, and new games!
The 2008 meet was nicknamed the "Year of the Llamacorn" in honor of the strange llama-unicorn hybrid pinata that had become the object of countless beatings over past years in pursuit of candy and other MLP-related goodies that the yearly pinata contains.
The 2007 meet featured a custom contest with the theme "I Don't Wanna Be Me!" in which customizers turned ponies into non-equine animals, among other now classic MD meet traditions. This year featured many new events, such as the first live auction with a professional auctioneer and our first pony celebrity, Debra Birge!
The 2005 meet brought several new faces and some fun surprises! This meet featured the "Pirate Pony" custom contest, and the first annual scooter race.
These were the years when the meets really started to gain momentum and popularity. So much so that attendees demanded a second meet in the fall! Due to the growing popularity of the meets, however, it was later decided to remain a yearly event.
These small meets were the humble beginnings of what would come to be known as the annual MD Pony Meets. Starting with only a handful of collectors, the meets only grew with every following year.